California company Nomadix has invented an amazing T-shirt that's made entirely from recycled textile waste, without any added water or dye.
Did you know the apparel industry is the second most polluting industry on the planet, after oil? The clothes we wear on a daily basis contribute to environmental problems, from the growing of cotton and the application of pesticides and water, to the manufacturing process, which also generates vast quantities of wastewater, to the piles of unwanted or worn-out clothes that get tossed in landfills each year. It’s something that we, as consumers, seriously need to rethink.
A California-based company called Nomadix has an alternative vision and a comprehensive plan for how fashion can be more environmentally friendly. The company is already known for its beach towels made from 100-percent recycled materials, and now it has joined with Recover Textiles, a Spanish producer of upcycled cotton yarns, to launch the Clean Apparel campaign.
This campaign hopes to raise money for production of the Clean Tee, which can be called “the most sustainable T-shirt on the planet.” The Clean Tee is highly unusual; it is made entirely from recycled cotton. The manufacturing process is explained in the video below. It consists of re-blending cotton from used clothing and textile waste to create new yarn, which is then combined with recycled poly, turned into fabric, and sewn into a T-shirt. Even the color of the Clean Tee is created through the ‘color-blend process,’ which does not use additional water or dye.
The Clean Tee shows that it is possible to make apparel in a completely sustainable way. It is a brilliant, ingenious method that, if adopted more widely, could possibly make a dent (albeit miniscule) in the clothing waste that’s generated each year.
As the narrator says in the campaign video:
“Our job right now, as a global community, is to reverse the effects of the environmental damage we cause, and this is possible, and it will happen, one innovation at a time. This is one of those innovations.”
You can check out the campaign page and donate to the Kickstarter campaign here.